Sunday, November 15, 2015

Andy White, Drummer on the Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do,’ Dies at 85; Cory Wells of Three Dog Night RIP

Andy White, Drummer on the Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do,’Please Please Me"  Dies at 85

Andy White, a studio drummer with a thriving career in London in the 1960s whose best-known work was on the Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do,” died on Monday at his home in Caldwell, N.J. He was 85.

His wife, Thea White, said that the cause was a stroke.
As a studio drummer, Mr. White was renowned for his stylistic flexibility. An adept jazz player, he became a favorite of producers who recorded pop music as well, even though he was more than 10 years older than many of the rock musicians he worked with.

  From Wikipedia

Andrew "Andy" White (27 July 1930 – 9 November 2015) was a Scottish drummer, primarily as a session musician. He was affectionately christened "the fifth Beatle" as he is best known for replacing Ringo Starr on drums on the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do".[1] White was featured on the American 7" single release of the song, which also appeared on the band's debut British album, Please Please Me. He also played on "P.S. I Love You", which was the B-side of "Love Me Do".[2][3]
Andy White was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 27 July 1930, the son of a baker. At the age of 12, he started playing drums in a pipe band, and became a professional session musician at the age of 17.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, White played drums with a number of swing and traditional jazz groups and musicians.[1][4] In 1958 he formed a big band jazz outfit and took it to the American Northeast where he backed rockers like Chuck Berry, the Platters and Bill Haley & His Comets. White said, "We used some big band arrangements and put a back beat to it to fit in with the rock 'n' roll thing. I got the chance to hear rock 'n' roll in the flesh. That was where I got a good idea about what it was supposed to happen, drumwise."[4] In 1960 in London White recorded with Billy Fury on Fury's first album, The Sound of Fury, which is generally regarded as Britain's first rock and roll album.[1]
In the early 1960s White lived in Thames Ditton and was married to the British Decca artist Lyn Cornell, who later became a member of the Vernons Girls, the Pearls, and also the Carefrees, who had the biggest selling Beatles novelty single ever with "We Love You Beatles," peaking in the U.S. at No. 39 and staying on the Billboard charts for five weeks.[5][6]



Say Goodbye to Cory

Rock star Cory Wells was fighting cancer, apparently died of infection, family says

“It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved band mate for over 45 years,” Hutton said in a statement on the website earlier this week. “Cory was an incredible singer – a great performer, he could sing anything.”

The band’s website lists 12 concerts planned between Nov. 4 and the end of this year. So far, the band has not announced whether it will continue touring.

In an interview with The News in 2012, Wells spoke about growing up on the East Side of Buffalo, where he was born as Emil Lewandowski. He was raised by a single mother who struggled financially, Wells said.


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